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For your perusal, my latest INTO THE FRAY column:

Gaza – A “simple” solution 
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Rocket attack on Israel from Gaza

Rocket attack on Israel from Gaza

Denying—or delaying—the inevitable does not make it any less inevitable, only more costly

It appears this week on the following sites (in alphabetical order):

ISRAELI FRONTLINE:  http://www.israelifrontline.com/2018/05/into-the-fray-inane-again-tom-friedman-on-gaza.html
ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS:  https://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/22243
ISRAPUNDIT: https://www.israpundit.org/into-the-fray-gaza-a-simple-solution/
ISRAEL RISING:    https://www.israelrising.com/gaza-simple-solution/

JERUSALEM HERALD :  https://www.jerusalem-herald.com/single-post/2018/06/01/INTO-THE-FRAY-Gaza-A-Simple-Solution 
JEWISH PRESS:  http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/into-the-fray-martin-sherman/into-the-fray-gaza-a-simple-solution/2018/06/03/
JEWS DOWN UNDER: https://jewsdownunder.com/2018/06/01/into-the-fray-gaza-a-simple-solution/ 
JNS: : https://www.jns.org/opinion/gaza-a-simple-solution/
J-WIRE: http://www.jwire.com.au/into-the-fray-gaza-a-simple-solution/
JEWS DOWN UNDER: https://jewsdownunder.com/2018/06/01/into-the-fray-gaza-a-simple-solution/   

JEWISH EXAMINER: https://www.jexaminer.com/blank-1/2018/06/04/INTO-THE-FRAY-Gaza-%E2%80%94-A-%E2%80%9Csimple%E2%80%9D-solution  
MEDIUM https://medium.com/@martinsherman/into-the-fray-gaza-a-simple-solution-1996a80738d9

Several short excerpts:   

To remain at peace when you should be going to war may be often very dangerous….Let us attack and subdue…that we may ourselves live safely for the future. – Thucydides (c. 460–395 BCE) 
No government, if it regards war as inevitable, even if it does not want it, would be so foolish as to wait for the moment which is most convenient for the enemy .– Otto von Bismarck (1815–1890)
If you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against – Winston Churchill (1874-1965) 

 

This week, Gaza was once again simmering on the brink of largescale military conflict, the fourth in just under a decade…Yet, even as the specter of recurring tragedy looms ever closer, the discourse (even—indeed especially—in Israel) on how to avoid “another round of violence” remained mired in a rehashed potpourri of previously disproven formulae…They are all doomed to fail—just as they did in the past.

 

Misunderstanding Palestinian pathology 

 

Gazans riot on border with Israel

Gazans riot on border with Israel

Last week, I referred to a 2016 article in “Commentary”…entitled, The Peace Process is an Obstacle to Peace. In it, the author attributes the failure of the effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to“…an inadequate understanding of the pathology it attempted to cure…[Accordingly], it did not solve the problem it was intended to fix, and it sometimes made it substantially worse.”…This is precisely the syndrome that we are witnessing right now.

 

Complicit with the enemy  

 

To attribute the hostility toward Israel to the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza plays directly into the hands of Israel’s detractors. Indeed, it is, in effect, to be complicit with the enemy—endorsing its mendacious and malevolent narrative… This…is a malicious inversion of causality…For, the penury in Gaza is not the cause of Arab enmity towards the Jewish state. Quite the opposite! It is Arab enmity towards the Jewish state that is the cause of penury in Gaza…

 

Gaza: “Cutting its nose to spite its face” 

 

…Nothing could symbolize the Gazan’s willingness to “cut one’s nose to spite one’s face” better than the destruction of the hi-tech greenhouses left behind by the Jewish farmers in the 2005 Disengagement. Rather than operate them for their own benefit, a frenzied mob trampled them into mangled ruin the moment the IDF left the area…It should therefore be clear that the  priorities of the Gazan people, as a collective, are not to improve their socio-economic lot, but to inflict harm on the Jewish state…

 

Greatly enhanced military capabilities  

 

Terror tunnel reaching deep into Israel, destroyed by IDF

Terror tunnel reaching deep into Israel, destroyed by IDF

Of course, the Gazans have shown considerable initiative, innovation and ingenuity—none of which has been directed towards developing socio-economic realities in the enclave…If one surveys the enhancement of Gaza’s military capabilities since Israel withdrew in 2005, it is impressive indeed. In fact, had such progress been envisaged before the pullout, it is doubtful whether it would have been undertaken at all!

 

 

 

Soon drones with biological/chemical payload?? 

 

…will Israel have to contend with the specter of a swarm of drones, armed with biological or chemical payloads, directed at nearby Israeli communities—rendering the billion dollar anti-tunnel barrier entirely moot? For those who might dismiss this as implausible scaremongering – see here, here, and here.

 

Over 180 cases of attempted murder 

 

Rockets hits kindergarten near Gaza border

Rockets hits kindergarten near Gaza border

Earlier this week, over 180 rockets and mortar shells were launched at Israeli civilian targets…Each one of those projectiles was intended to take the lives of innocent Israeli civilians… each launch was a clear case of attempted murder—and Israel should relate to them with commensurate severity. Poor aim on the part of the would-be murderers can—and should—not be a mitigating factor…

 

 

 

Gaza: The “simple” solution  

 

The source of the conflict is the physical presence of a large, implacably hostile Arab population on Israel’s southern border. Simple logic therefore dictates that to remove the source of conflict, that hostile population must be removed…This is the “simple” solution for Gaza—and the only durable one. Of course, to say that it is “simple” does not imply that it is “easy”. Indeed, the great difficulty it entails is rooted in its brutal simplicity of “Them or Us”….
…Clearly, the fact that it is relatively easy to propose such a harsh policy prescription in the air-conditioned comfort of my study does not make it any less imperative or less inevitable.After all, denying or delaying the inevitable does not make it any less inevitable, only more costly when it inevitably comes about.

As usual your talkbacks/comments/critiques welcome,

Best wishes,

MS

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